Louise d’ Estree Brut Review | Trader Joe’s Wine
So I’m back in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section looking for another solid sparkling wine bargain after having some success with the La Granja 360 Cava I discovered a few weeks ago. For only $1 more I spotted the rather regal-looking Louise d’ Estree Brut and wondered if it might be another great Trader Joe’s Wine discovery.
The Louise d’ Estree is not Champagne but rather a French sparkling wine. I’ve has some pretty tasty French sparklers from outside of the far pricier Champagne region before so I thought I’d investigate whether the Louise d’ Estree is as royally good as it’s label seems to suggest!
Appearance: A very pale yellow with good effervescence and tiny bubbles.
Nose: Uncomplicated, pure aromas of green apple and pear with just a touch of lemon.
On the palate: The Louise d’ Estree Brut is defined by sweet orchard fruit and notes of lemon rind on the mid-palate. It finishes dry with some alcohol coming through on the somewhat unbalanced, short finish. It’s a simple, quaffable sparkler with no discernible secondary flavors.
Varietal Composition: Unknown
Value Rating: 3.5 / 5
Where I got it: Trader Joe’s (Clarendon, VA)
Should you buy? ~Maybe~ The Louise d’ Estree Brut is an uncomplicated, easy to drink sparkler with an enjoyable mid-palate but the unbalanced finish leaves a little something to be desired. Consider it along with other options in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section.
Value Proposition – Louise d’ Estree Brut | Trader Joe’s Wine
While the Louise d’ Estree boasts both tiny bubbles and a tiny price, I don’t think it’s as good as the regal-looking label might suggest. If you need a no-nonsense sparkler with fancy, French label under $10, then this is definitely a pretty good option. It would make a great base for Mimosa’s or Bellini’s, too. Having said that, I would rather spend even less and get the La Granja 360 Cava as it is a slightly better made, more interesting sparkler.